percussion festival goes with a bang in Ha Noi
|Striking a chord:
Composer Vu Nhat Tan is one of the tutors at the music festival Cracking
Bamboo taking place in the capital from September 15-22. — File Photo
HA NOI — Forty-five
artists are taking part in an international percussion music festival that
started yesterday in Viet Nam.
The festival, titled
Cracking Bamboo, saw participants gather from Asia and Europe in Ha Noi from
September 15-22. The musicians are working in three mixed ensemble groups to
create a 35-40 minute programme comprised of solo contributions, improvisation
and short composition.
The resulting program-me
will be performed in concert today at the Goethe Institute, on Thursday at the
French Cultural Centre, and on Friday and Saturday at the Ha Noi Opera House.
The three ensemble groups
will then form new groups for the second phase, in order to give participants an
opportunity to work with different artists.
The three new groups will
travel to three different venues in Southeast Asia: one group will travel to HCM
City, the second group to Jakarta, Indonesia, and the third group to Vientiane,
Laos, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The artists will perform
at HCM City’s Conservatory of Music at 8pm on September 25.
These venues will provide
an opportunity for local musicians to participate in workshops that will lead to
a newly "composed" program-me and final concert.
Directing the rehearsals
are a number of artistic tutors, experienced in working in improvisation and
co-operative projects, who have successfully demonstrated their ability to
integrate diverse ensembles. They will be working with the participants to form
the artistic backbone of the programme.
The tutors for this year’s
programme are Udai Mazumdar (India, tabla), Pierre Stephane Meuge (France,
saxophone), Murat Coskun (Germany/Turkey, hand drum), Françoise Vanhecke
(Belgium, voice), S Badamkhorol (Mongolia, voice), Wu Wei (China, sheng) and,
from Viet Nam, Vu Nhat Tan (composer, bamboo flute and live electronics) and Kim
Ngoc (composer). Professor Bernhard Wulff (Germany) will serve as the artistic
director of the project.
from various countries, including Germany, Britain, Norway, Sweden, South Korea,
and Japan, are also attending. Five small percussion ensembles are expected from
Southeast Asia: two from Ha Noi (one traditional and one modern), and one each
from HCM City, Indonesia and Cambodia. In addition, six soloists from China,
Laos, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand have also been invited. These
young artists will be given the opportunity to participate in a dialogue with
musicians from other countries.
Organisers are hoping
Cracking Bamboo will extend beyond this initial collaboration with I’mPULSE
Indochina to become an annual event.
Initiated in 2005, I’mPULSE
seeks to create a process-oriented platform for young musicians in Asia and
Europe by engaging them in a dialogue on innovative music concepts through music
experimentation and percussion performance.
I’mPULSE Indochina and
Cracking Bamboo are joint initiatives of the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF), the
Goethe-Institute Viet Nam and the Viet Nam Academy of Music and are supported by
the French Cultural Centre, l’Espace.
The project offers a
platform for an encounter between percussionists with "modern"
European instruments and their forefathers, with traditional instruments of
Southeast Asia, for a musical dialogue in mutual respect.
The ASEF advances mutual
understanding and collaboration between the people of Asia and Europe through
intellectual and cultural one-on-one exchanges.
The performances will
begin at 8pm and be free of charge. Tickets can be picked up now at the Goethe
Institute in Ha Noi and in HCM City from September 19. — VNS